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These are the elite, young QBs

Join Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Micah from Kansas City, KS:
Do you have any idea who was drafted the lowest after having won a Heisman? Have any gone past the first round?

Vic: Jason White wasn't even drafted. Get the list of winners and go through them one by one. I think you'll be amazed at what you'll find.

John from Jacksonville:
Is this the last year we'll see Tom Brady competing in the championship game?

Vic: If you're asking me if Brady's game is in decline, I would say that, based on the fact that he led the league in touchdown passes and passer rating in 2010, my answer is no. The thing that bothered me about Brady this season is that he seemed to get moody. In that hammer job he put on the Steelers, he looked like somebody put Cramergesic in his jock strap; against the Jets on Sunday, he appeared to be subdued, almost sullen. What's with that? Also, he had the hair thing going all year, and then for the playoff game on Sunday he was wearing a fresh boy's regular. Maybe he's having a midlife crisis.

Daniel from Jacksonville:
Looks like we are going to have a year where it is about having a top defense in the playoffs, not the elite quarterback. Vic, you have to love the matchups in the championship rounds; seems like your brand of football.

Vic: I think the four teams that are in the conference title games are very deserving of their places. We're talking about the number two (Steelers), number three (Jets), number five (Packers) and number nine (Bears) defenses in the league and, yes, that's my kind of football. What I would like you to do is define what an elite quarterback is. Are Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger not elite quarterbacks? Jay Cutler commanded a king's ransom in a trade. The Jets traded up to draft Mark Sanchez. These are the new, young, rising quarterbacks in the game. Rodgers is only 27. Roethlisberger is only 28 and he already has two Super Bowl titles to his credit; he'll be playing in his fourth AFC title game. Sanchez gets ripped all the time, but he's in his second AFC title game in just two seasons in the league. These are the elite young quarterbacks of the game.

Chuck from Summerville, SC:
If you're going to talk the talk you have to walk the walk.

Vic: If I was John Harbaugh, I would strongly consider a youth movement. The smoke and the dancing and the chest-thumping and all of the Baltimore bravado aren't working. It may be time to move out of the Ray Lewis era and into an era of more walking and less talking.

Jermaine from Orlando, FL:
Given their actions during and after the game, do you think the Jets may have spent all they had in this one game? Will they have anything left for Pittsburgh?

Vic: They'll be flying high on Sunday, in a building where they have already won.

Jeff from Seattle, WA:
Four teams left, four first-round quarterbacks. Coincidence?

Vic: Absolutely not. If you don't have "The Man," you better get "The Man," and it would seem that this year's draft will offer multiple opportunities.

Jonathan from Jacksonville:
You've stated in the past that had the Jags gotten Revis in the draft, as they had hoped, they would've won at New England in the 2007 playoff game. After watching the Jets upset in New England, all I could think was, "Vic was right; if we had just had Revis that night."

Vic: I genuinely believe the Jaguars would've made it to the Super Bowl that year if the Jets hadn't traded up one spot ahead of the Steelers and selected Darrelle Revis. The Jags had a deal with the Steelers worked out. Revis was the Jags' guy. They loved him and he wanted to play here. I've had guys tell me Revis' pre-draft visit to Jacksonville was like no visit by a player this team has ever had. He flat told them he wanted to play here. Frankly, I've never seen anyone like Revis. He mirrors receivers as though he is the receiver. Deion Sanders closed on the ball better than any cornerback in history, but not even Sanders could mirror as Revis does. He's incredible.

James from Indianapolis, IN:
The question continues to be this: Can you win in the postseason with Brady? A lot of people are asking it now.

Vic: This may be the most ridiculous submission in "Ask Vic" history, especially coming from where it does. Maybe Brady's lost it – it happens to all quarterbacks – but Brady's 14-5 postseason record is one of the best of all-time and no one, at least not a sane person, would ever describe Brady as a quarterback with whom you can't win in the postseason. If his career ended today, his enduring reputation would be as one of the great postseason quarterbacks in NFL history.

J.R. from Castle Shannon, PA:
Being a Steelers fan, I decided about a month ago that the only QB I would trade Ben for was Aaron Rodgers.

Vic: I think Rodgers is a better quarterback than Roethlisberger, though, it must be acknowledged that Roethlisberger won a shootout against Rodgers in 2009, in a game in which Roethlisberger threw for 503 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Rodgers is a better technician. That's the gap Roethlisberger has to close and there are signs that he's closing it.

Kathy from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
Can you tell us which current Jaguars players are unlikely to return next year?

Vic: All I can tell you is whose contracts expire on March 3: Marcedes Lewis, Jeremy Cain, Kirk Morrison, Sean Considine, Mike Sims-Walker, Justin Durant, Adam Podlesh, David Jones, Jason Hill, Todd Bauman, Trent Edwards and Luke McCown.

Andrew from Jacksonville:
Well, the Jets appear to have purchased a legitimate contender. They've traded draft picks and spent lots of money to move around in the draft, acquire players from other teams and get the free agents they wanted. Is their future screwed or are they an example of how to do all of that correctly?

Vic: The Jets live in New York. The Jaguars live in Jacksonville. There's a huge difference in the revenue available to each team. What's done in New York is not an example of how to do it in Jacksonville.

Jim from Jacksonville:
I know everybody rips on the Steelers offensive line, but their line coach has done an amazing job, considering all of the pieces he's had to move around. The Ravens game really showed that.

Vic: Their offensive line has been a major problem since 2007. I don't know how the Steelers get away with it; every game results in another 5-6 sacks. I thought it would catch up to them against the Ravens, and it would have caught up to them had the Ravens offense not completely gone into the tank. The Jets will come after Roethlisberger with everything they have. The Steelers offensive line invites the rush. I shudder to think how many more times Roethlisberger would have been sacked this season if the Steelers hadn't draft Maurkice Pouncey.

John from Neptune Beach, FL:
A video now shows the Patriots lining players up to impede gunners getting downfield on punts, including a player stepping in front of the opposing player. We also now have receivers calling for interference while they are still involved in the play. The game has shifted too far away from the players competing on the field and into the rule book, the video review booth and the sidelines. While I'm still a Jaguars fan for now and will keep my tickets as long as my son loves going to the games, I'm finding I am less and less of an NFL fan and can see the day when I don't watch football anymore.

Vic: I'm not going to allow the kind of unsportsmanlike conduct the Patriots and Jets displayed along their sideline to rob me of my fun, and I don't think you will, either, but I agree with you that the league needs more Lombardi's and fewer of the other types. When I saw that video of the Patriots player attempting to trip the gunner, I was disgusted. I'll make allowance for misconduct in the heat of battle, but not for tripping along the sideline. That's so cheap.

Christian from Titusville, FL:
Would you agree that plays (defensive scheme), more so than players, is what allowed the Jets to keep Brady in check? They dropped seven into coverage most of the game and seemed to make Brady throw into small windows. It was the same 11 or so that Brady hung 45 on six weeks ago.

Vic: Christian, I'm going to let you and everybody like you in on a little secret. It goes like this: It's always players, not plays, because X's and O's don't move, only players do. It is inconceivable that someone wouldn't understand that simple logic. Regardless of the plays that are created, it's players that execute them.

Art from Glenolden, PA:
I read an article in SI that said players should only get one shot to be in the Hall of Fame. I agree. It should be for the immortals, the players that transcended the game. I feel like the Hall is getting watered down; if you weren't good enough the first time, then why are they good enough on their 10th time? What's your opinion?

Vic: Allowing players multiple opportunities to be selected for the Hall of Fame is a way of guarding against men making it into the Hall of Fame in years when the class is weak. Whoever wrote that article should know as much.

Steve from Jacksonville:
The Ravens have just about always been known for their defense, but not for their offense. If Peyton Manning, when he was drafted, was magically transported to Baltimore, how many rings do you think the Ravens would have by now?

Vic: It does raise this question: Did the Colts do it the right way? I mean, based on what Manning did with the cast of players he had in his offense this year, would the Colts have been better served to have concentrated their high picks on defensive players in Manning's career, instead of using them on Edgerrin James, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Joseph Addai, Donald Brown, Anthony Gonzalez, etc.?

Kris from Escanaba, MI:
Did you see the interview with Bart Scott after the game? Wow! Congrats to the Jets and all but I hope the Steelers destroy them. They don't know when to shut up.

Vic: I didn't see it but I've gotten several e-mails commenting on it. I hate that kind of stuff. I wish the NFL would give their players a crash course on how NHL players act. You almost never see NHL players talk disrespectfully of each other. They are the model of dignity and respect for the game and the men who play it. I would much prefer that to bravado. I remember that when the Jaguars won in Pittsburgh in the 2007 postseason, Jaguars fans were ecstatic that Roethlisberger waited for David Garrard to finish his postgame TV interview to then congratulate Garrard on his victory. It was a simple expression that deepened and dignified everyone's appreciation of the game. We need more of that.

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